France vs Croatia Nations League preview: where to watch, team news

France face Croatia in UEFA Nations League Group 3 – all you need to know.

Antoine Griezmann in training on Monday
Antoine Griezmann in training on Monday AFP via Getty Images

France face Croatia in UEFA Nations League Group 3 in Saint-Denis on Tuesday 8 September at 20:45 CET.

France vs Croatia: live build-up

Where to watch the game on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Nations League broadcast partner(s) here

Results so far

Highlights: Sweden 0-1 France
Highlights: Sweden 0-1 France

05/09: Sweden 0-1 France
05/09: Portugal 4-1 Croatia

Squads

France
Goalkeepers: Costil (Bordeaux), Lloris (Tottenham), Maignan (LOSC Lille)
Defenders: Digne (Everton), Dubois (Lyon), Hernandez (Bayern), Kimpembé (Paris), Lenglet (Barcelona), Mendy (Real Madrid), Upamecano (Leipzig), Varane (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Camavinga (Rennes), Fekir (Real Betis), Kanté (Chelsea), Nzonzi (Rennes), Rabiot (Juventus), Sissoko (Tottenham)
Forwards: Ben Yedder (Monaco), Giroud (Chelsea), Griezmann (Barcelona), Ikoné (LOSC Lille), Martial (Manchester United)

Highlights: Portugal 4-1 Croatia
Highlights: Portugal 4-1 Croatia

Croatia
Goalkeepers: Grbić (Atlético), Livaković (Dinamo Zagreb), Sluga (Luton)
Defenders: Barišić (Rangers), Ćaleta-Car (Marseille), Jedvaj (Leverkusen), Lovren (Zenit), Melnjak (Rizespor), Škorić (Osijek), Uremović (Rubin), Vida (Beşiktaş), Vrsaljko (Atlético)
Midfielders: Badelj (Lazio), Brozović (Inter), Kovačić (Chelsea), Pašalić (Atalanta), Vlašić (CSKA Moskva)
Forwards: Brekalo (Wolfsburg), Budimir (Mallorca), Čolak (Rijeka), Kramarić (Hoffenheim), Perišić (Bayern), Petković (Dinamo Zagreb), Rebić (AC Milan)

Previous meetings

• France remain unbeaten in their six meetings with Croatia: W4 D2 (W2 D1 at Stade de France).

• The sides’ last meeting was hard to forget; France beat Croatia 4-2 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in the 2018 World Cup final.

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What the coaches say

Didier Deschamps, France coach: "Not everything was perfect [against Sweden]. It's a new system that worked pretty well. We could have done better in attacking terms. I'll have to make a bunch of changes. I have no doubts about Griezmann; he can play again tomorrow. It would be good for [17-year-old Eduardo Camavinga] to get his first cap."

Zlatko Dalić, Croatia coach: "We suffered one really painful loss and we deserved it. We didn't play well and that wasn't the usual level of Croatia. We have to understand it is the beginning of the season and there are lot of new players in the team. I expect a better result [than in Portugal]. I hugely respect this French team who can boast incredible players. We must be much more down to earth, realistic."

Next up

11/10: Croatia vs Sweden
11/10: France vs Portugal

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